Surviving The Coming PurgeNovember 5th, 2013
Joe has sensed a malaise among Bucs fans. After enduring 13 NFL weekends of winless football in the last 14 NFL Sundays (or Thursdays), and after having their say about the Bucs quarterback situation (Freemanites or card-carrying members of the Mike Glennon Mob) and hollering themselves hoarse over Bucs commander Greg Schiano, Bucs fans are building new rage.
So, needing a new target to throw spears at, Bucs fans have turned their sights on Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik. This same angry lot wants Dominik gone tomorrow, for no good logical reason.
Never mind virtually everyone in NFL circles is shocked by how the Bucs are winless despite the talent on the roster.
But sober, reasoned minds can see the winless Bucs are not the doing of Dominik. Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune can see through the hate and envision retaining his position with the Bucs after the coming purge, so Cummings wrote in a TBO Bucs Q&A.
Q: Do you see (Bucs GM Mark) Dominik getting the boot this year as well?
A: I can see why he might survive a purge, yes. The primary reason would be that he did everything ownership asked him to do for three years when he first took over. He gutted the team of its aging star players, which was not popular but necessary, and he started the rebuilding process through the draft. He’s taken some heat for some poor draft picks but every GM misses and he has been given very little credit for the hits he’s had. Mike Williams in the fourth round was a very good pick; trading up to get Doug Martin in the first was another and getting Lavonte David in the second was exceptional. Look, no one argues the Bucs are not a talented team and it was Dominik who oversaw the acquisition of all that talent. He seems to have done his job about as well as can rightfully be expected.
— Woody Cummings
To add to Cummings’ list, Joe would include a couple of third day draft picks who are playing well as rookie starters, defensive tackle Akeem Spence and running back Mike James.
Joe understands why Bucs fans loathe Dominik, mostly because of a dumb re-signing (yes, Joe typed that) of blocking icon Michael Clayton and some blown draft picks. Dominik bragged at the time he re-signed Clayton for his blocking skills, which floored Joe because that is like re-signing an offensive lineman who can’t block because of his pass-catching skills.
How many years has it been since Clayton was on the Bucs roster? Turn the page, people. It does a body and mind no good to live life as a hater.